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FirstNet Board Welcomes Public Safety Experts Karima Holmes, Matt Slinkard

Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce, has added two public safety experts to the First Responder Network Authority Board. Karima Holmes, who directs Washington, D.C.'s Office of Unified Communications, and Matt Slinkard, executive assistant chief of police in Houston, Texas, will join a board that oversees the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the commerce department said Thursday.

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Booz Allen Hamilton, National Technical Information Service to Support JAIC; Steve Escaravage Quoted

Booz Allen Hamilton announced on Friday that the company has entered into an agreement, under its joint venture partner agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS), to assist the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). 

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NIST, FirstNet Invite Masses to Compete in First Responder Coding Challenge

The First Responder Network Authority and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have jointly launched a $2.2M communications technology competition. Participants of the Tech to Protect Challenge will submit coding systems that support the communications needs of first responders, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday.

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SBA Awards $18M in Grants to 41 State International Trade Agencies; Chris Pilkerton Quoted

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Thursday that $18 million in grants has been awarded to 41 state international trade agencies to support export growth among small businesses through SBA's competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

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Commerce Department Extends Deadline of U.S. Industry-Huawei Separation

The Department of Commerce has given U.S. firms more time to cut all connections between their information technology infrastructures and Huawei, Nextgov reported Monday. The department changed the original Aug. 19 deadline to Nov. 19 due to the dependence of some rural companies on the Chinese technology firm. 

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Air Force to Deliver Satellite, Space Debris Data Storage to Dept of Commerce

The U.S. Air Force is slated to hand over a library of space and satellite debris data to the Department of Commerce to delegate space notification responsibilities to the agency, Spacenews reported Friday. President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 3 ordering the Department of Defense to provide public space situational awareness data to the Department of Commerce.

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Bob Kolasky: Supply Chain Task Force Will Help Commerce Dept Develop Procurement Policy

Bob Kolasky, co-chair of the Information Communications Technology Supply Chain Task Force, said at a Chamber of Commerce conference that the group’s operations will develop regulations to procure foreign telecommunications products, FCW reported Thursday. Kolasky, also the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Risk Management Center, said the task force is working to identify vital functions nationwide that would shut down in the event of an attack.

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